Home Tour: Inside a Kerrisdale Gem

Tracey Ayton is an interior, lifestyle and food photographer whose stunning Kerrisdale home was listed for $1,698,000. She took interior designer Jennifer Scott on a tour on behalf of REW.ca sister publication WE Vancouver.
Jennifer Scott
July 4, 2014

Describe your home:Our heritage home was built in 1927, so it's full of character and personality. We have loved creating our lives here, but now we are ready to begin a new adventure, so this gem is on the market!

Kerrisdale property exterior

Major selling feature:The home speaks for itself with all of its character, which includes old windows, casings baseboards, plate rails, stained glass...We've done extensive renos over the last 11 years, which include a new kitchen, new bathroom, upgraded bathroom, and beautifully landscaped back yard that has a new fire bowl.

Kerrisdale property garden

First thing I changed:We built a suite in the basement to help offset the mortgage payments.

Feature I brag about:Back in the '40s/'50s there was a "Mrs. Robinson" that lived here and every year at Halloween, our house was "The House" to go to because she made chocolate brownies for all of the kids.

Kerrisdale property kitchen

That one conversation piece:All of the character it boasts. You don't see that in the new homes that get built these days.

The decor:It's black and white with some beachy accents. I like to keep it simple and clean, not really committing to colour but I do like committing to bringing the outdoors in.

The story behind the art/antiques:The picture above the Eames rocking chair is a piece that I did from Polaroid film.

Kerrisdale property artwork

Downsides:Having an old home will always require work. If you don't mind chipping paint and the odd window that doesn't open, then you'll love it.

Neighbourhood haunts:Our favourite neighbourhood haunts are Hills Of Kerrisdale which is the best clothing boutique. It's a little pricey, but man they have nice clothes. And The Red Onion, which is where you can find the best burgers!!!!

Compared to your last place:Our last place was a rental, but it too was quite old. It was a condo, though, and we wanted a home with a backyard in a better neighbourhood.

Favourite activity:Inviting our friends and family over for a dinner at our long farm table underneath the cafe lights, and ending the evening off around our fire bowl.

Kerrisdale property bathroom